Identifying excellence in education

i2i Events Group and BESA call for entries for 20th annual Bett Awards

The Bett Awards partners, i2i Events Group and BESA (The British Educational Suppliers Association), announce the launch of the education sector’s 20th annual Bett Awards. Considered the most prestigious accolade in the industry, the Bett Awards bring together developers, suppliers and educational practitioners each year to recognise, reward and celebrate ICT excellence in the education sector.

The 2017 awards introduce three new categories, ‘Best Education Support Resource for Parents/Home Learning’, ‘Edtech Start-up company of the Year’ and ‘Higher Education Digital Services’.

The Bett Awards 2017 will focus on the impact of ICT products and services in the classroom, school or college, in 19 distinctive categories:
The Bett Awards 2017 categories are:
• Early Years Digital Content
• Primary Digital Content
• Secondary Digital Content
• ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (classroom aids)
• ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (whole school aids)
• ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions
• Digital Devices
• ICT Leadership and Management Solutions
• ICT Exporter of the Year
• ICT Service and Support
• ICT Company of the Year (less than £3m turnover)
• ICT Company of the Year (over £3m turnover)
• Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources
• International Digital Education Resource
• Educational Apps
• ICT Innovator of the Year
• Best Education Support Resource for Parents/Home Learning
• Edtech Start-up Company of the Year
• Higher Education Digital Services

BESA will again act as chair of judges, overseeing the impartiality and fairness of the robust, two-stage judging process by a panel of experienced educational professionals. Entries will be assessed on specific criteria.
Debbie French, education portfolio director at i2i Events Group, said, “Recognition of the quality of learning resources provided by UK organisations continues to spread globally. Each year the Bett Awards offer suppliers the opportunity to celebrate their commitment to driving up standards within education. As the provider of these world-class awards, we are proud to see the number and calibre of entrants increase year on year. Each pushes at the very boundaries of what is new, innovative and possible in technology, and we are excited to help celebrate this again in 2017.”
Caroline Wright, director general, BESA adds, “The UK EdTech industry is not just thriving, it is growing at a significantly fast pace; the opportunities for EdTech businesses are now unparalleled anywhere else in the world. There are few sectors of the UK economy with this capacity to grow and generate export earnings as impressive as education. This success can be attributed to the unprecedented quality of products and resources for learning and while the industry recognises this through financial success and exports, these awards will salute and applaud those companies who continue to demonstrate this level of excellence.”

Award entries can be completed online at until the closing date, 30 September 2016, and the winners will be announced at a prestigious gala evening event on Wednesday 20 January 2017 at the Brewery, London EC1Y.